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WHY IS AN EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA NOT GOOD FOR TANZANIA?.

For many years, Kenya has used Tanzania tourist destinations to make its tourism package more marketable. However, since early 2000, Tanzania has invested heavily in differentiating its product from that of Kenya, a strategy that has contributed to the 1 million tourists mark.


Looking ahead, Tanzania tourism market differentiation is more important than anything else because it is what informs the choices of its tourist who come to Tanzania. Thus the joint tourist visa will work against Tanzania’s differentiation strategy.
Therefore all of the initiatives Kenya is coming up with under the coalition of the willing are more about protecting its economic interests and can be more easily be achieved by a coalition with Uganda and Rwanda because they are not Kenya competitors in ports or in tourism.

As for the current tense relations Tanzania and Rwanda, these has little chance of changing East African Community dynamics because the competition between Tanzania and Kenya will improve services and give Rwanda a choice as to who delivers goods cheaper to its market; for now, Mombasa seems a winner, but come 2017 when Bagamoyo port is finished, the market will decide.